|Monday, 28 June 2004|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
LTTE child conscription on the rise - UNICEF
The Libration Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has stepped up the
conscription of children to its ranks, according to UNICEF. The UN agency
confirmed that the LTTE has accelerated the recruitment of under age
combatants in April and May, especially in the North. Defence sources said
the LTTE seemed to be going back on its pledge to release the children in
its ranks and stop new recruitment, with the latest round of conscription.
Kottegoda appointed Army Commander
Major General Shantha Kottegoda has been appointed Commander of the Sri
Lanka Army by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Defence
Ministry officials said yesterday. He is due to assume duties as the 17th
Commander of the Sri Lanka Army from July 1 following the retirement of
Lieutenant General Lionel Balagalle on June 30.
Govt's economic plans to be announced within next two weeks - Minister Amunugama
by Asela Kuruluwansa
The economic plans of the United People's Freedom Alliance Government
will be announced within the next two weeks and the maiden budget will be
presented in Parliament in November this year, stated Finance Minister Dr.
Solheim here today
Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim is due here today for a series of
discussions with Government and LTTE leaders aimed at reviving the peace
negotiations. Solheim will meet President Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga, senior ministers, Opposition representatives and civil
society leaders during his four-day official visit.
IGP awaits Magistrate's orders on Ravi's case
by Chamikara Weerasinghe
Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva yesterday said they await
orders of the Magistrate to continue the investigations in respect to
alleged charges levelled against former Minister Ravi Karunanayake. IGP
Silva said this on being asked to explain the position taken by the police
regarding its investigations pertaining to allegations concerning the